I think what’s so upsetting about the Tomb Raider comics is that we’ve invested 3+ years into being told stories about Sam and Lara, only for there to be no happy ending and no emotional payoff. I think this is poor storytelling.
Fans of characters are often content to endure the characters suffering through untold misery… as long as there is a payoff in the end. Where was Lara & Sam’s emotional reconciliation? Where was the hug, the tears, the ‘YOU’RE SAFE!!!’? I wanted to feel something for them, to feel like all their suffering was warranted. Instead, we just got Lara telling Sam’s mum to take her somewhere beautiful and safe and “I’ll always be there for her even though i’m not there for her” and riding off on a motorbike by herself like “I need to do this alone”.
The only reason she needs to do it alone is because there is a rigid inflexibility about storylines in the new Tomb Raider series. There was never any acceptance that Lara and Sam play off each other well and that the pairing is a popular one, even if you don’t consider them more than friends.
I wish, I wish wish wish CD had taken a step back to consider if their original idea - that Lara was a lone wolf - wasn’t playing out in their universe as well as they’d hoped, and that perhaps they should make a tough decision and revise it.
Lara developed past being a lone wolf. Sam shone a new light on her and made her a three dimensional character and a real person. I wish they’d let her grow towards that instead of stubbornly shoving her back into her ‘lone wolf’ box :(
Feeling a bit nostalgic of the old Tomb Raider games… This new take on Lara (the bow, the survival thing etc) it’s good but it’s not the Tomb Raider game I played when I was a kid. It looks more like a mix between Nathan Drake and Dora the explorer. I think I’m getting old… :(
GO 90′s Lara! :D
BTW I’ve used a different technique for coloring in this cartoon, let me know what do you think ;)
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Launching on PlayStation 4 October 11
As part of ongoing #TombRaider20 celebrations hosted by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration launches on PlayStation 4 October 11. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration will include the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider, a new story chapter called “Blood Ties,” co-op play for “Endurance Mode”, all previously released DLC, and more. The Artbook Edition will also feature a 28 page book filled with official concept art and community contributions.
“Blood Ties” is new premium DLC, and will allow players to explore Croft Manor in the main story mode, then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”. When Lara’s uncle contests ownership of the Manor, Lara must explore the estate to find proof that she is the rightful heir, or lose her birthright and father’s secrets for good. Players can then test their zombie-killing skills in the replayable “Lara’s Nightmare” mode: a haunted Croft Manor where players have new challenges and must rid the Manor of an evil presence.
In addition, for the first time in a Tomb Raider game, a new online co-op expansion to “Endurance Mode” lets fans raid tombs in a brutal wilderness together. Two players must team up to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies by night. Fire takes fuel, food restores health, and every resource must be hunted, collected, or crafted. Battle to the top of the leaderboards, as others try to beat your longest survival run.
“The studio is celebrating with all Tomb Raider fans, thanking them for being on Lara’s 20 year journey with us,” said Scot Amos, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “The team has packed in surprises, new story, and the top requested special features into this 20 Year Celebration edition.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4) includes:
Award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider
Brutal new “Extreme Survivor” difficulty mode (no checkpoints)
“Blood Ties” & “Lara’s Nightmare” premium DLC
Co-op support for “Endurance Mode”, challenging players to survive extreme conditions with a friend
Re-envisioned cold-weather outfit and weapon for Lara inspired by Tomb Raider III
Classic Lara card pack which will allow fans to play “Expedition Modes” using one of several classic Lara models
All existing DLC including “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” and “Cold Darkness Awakened”, 12 outfits, 7 weapons, 35 Expedition Cards, and more
Support for PlayStation VR that challenges players to unlock the mysteries of Croft Manor in first person
“This year we celebrate 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft,” said Ron Rosenberg, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “This provided the perfect opportunity for us to deliver a new Tomb Raider experience. With the addition of PlayStation VR support, you can play the world through Lara’s eyes for the first time in franchise history.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive edition to date and will be available for the PlayStation 4 on October 11 worldwide. Existing Season Pass holders on Xbox One and PC will receive the “Blood Ties” upgrade for free. Check out our FAQ on the official forums for additional information.
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